Charles Burnett

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Birthday
13, 1944
Birthplace
Vicksburg, MS
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
13, 1944 (age 74)
Birthplace
Vicksburg, MS

About

African-American filmmaker who directed Killer of Sheep and To Sleep With Anger.

Before Fame

He grew up in the city of Watts, which gained notoriety in 1965 when violent riots in the area caused the deaths of 34 people and injured more than 1,000 others.

Trivia

He received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director for To Sleep With Anger and was named the most gifted black director by the New York Times.

Family Life

He married the costume designer Gaye Shannon-Burnett.

Associated With

His 2007 film Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation starred Danny Glover.